03/24/2005 1:00AM

Dance Away Capote seeks turnabout


Class Above entered the 2004 Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park seeking to reverse form that had deteriorated while racing against the nation's best fillies in graded stakes. The plan worked. Racing in ungraded company, Class Above rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory.

A year later, Dance Away Capote seeks a similar turnaround in Saturday's $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup, one of four undercard stakes on a program topped by the Grade 2 Lane's End Stakes. Thumped by 29 lengths in a loss to Sis City in the Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park in her seasonal debut, Dance Away Capote seeks to return to the form she displayed last year in running fourth in the Alcibiades and fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile fillies.

The Davona Dale represented a rare dull effort from Dance Away Capote. In a five-race campaign last year, she was competitive in every start, even in the Breeders' Cup, when she was beaten only a length for third place.

Rafael Bejarano rides the late-running Dance Away Capote for owner Pandora Farms and trainer Graham Motion.

While Dance Away Capote invades Turfway from the south, the front-running Amazing Buy comes to Turfway by way of Aqueduct. After finishing third in her lone start last year, she has gone 4 for 4 as a 3-year-old. Her three most-recent wins have come in stakes.

She shares the connections of 2003 Lane's End winner New York Hero: owner Ernie Paragallo of Paraneck Stable, trainer Jennifer Pederson, and jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr.

The value play of the Bourbonette could be Sweet Talker, who ran fifth in her seasonal debut in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes following a poor start. She should be sharper and fitter in her second race of the year.

Her best races in 2004 came when she was able to secure a running position on or near the lead, such as when she won the Caressing Stakes on turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 20. That day she ran a 95 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest Beyer posted by a 2-year-old on grass last year.

If able to run back to that race in this main-track race, she would be a force. Going back to 1992, the average winning Beyer in the one-mile Bourbonette has been an 89.

Gary Stevens has the mount for trainer Ken McPeek.

Other Bourbonette starters include Flying Glitter, Shadow Dance, Gallant Secret, Lady Dynasty, Smart Voyager, Touch of Splendor, Easily, and Brett's Favrette.

Locals vs. shippers in Hansel

The $50,000 Hansel Stakes, the first stakes race on Saturday's Lane's End card, features a six-furlong battle among fast local 3-year-olds and several southern shippers. Eyeforglory and Falcon's Peak head the local contingent. Summer Man and the Dogwood Stable-owned entry of Departing Now and Carnival Show lead the out-of-town invaders.

Eyeforglory, a winner of 3 of 4 starts, comes off an allowance win against older horses, a race in which he earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest Beyer posted by a 3-year-old during the current Turfway meet. Regular rider Perry Ouzts has the mount for trainer John Burke.

Jinny's Gold tops competitive Queen

The $50,000 Queen, the last of the five stakes at Turfway on Saturday, offers one of the most closely matched fields on the card. Jinny's Gold, the leading money earner in the field with a bankroll of over $200,000, faces challenges from Turfway specialists Plumlake Lady and Revolutionary Act in the six-furlong dash for older fillies and mares.

Revolutionary Act, winner of the Holiday Inaugural in December, is unbeaten in three starts at Turfway.